I really am not sure why people reacted with shock when Rob Ryan got fired. Clearly the hosts on The Fan thought his job was in jeopardy or they wouldn’t have even asked. When you look at the injuries that the Defense suffered it is possible to want to give Rob Ryan a break, or at the very least a mulligan. A deeper look shows that the hosts on the show knew there was a lot lacking on Defense.
Far too often the Defense did not get enough men on the field or had too many and drew a penalty. These things are fundamentals and Jerry was harping on fundamentals on that show. He specifically mentioned tackling. The 2012 Dallas Cowboys allowed more yards of Offense than any team in Dallas Cowboys History. They gave up 400 points. They only had 16 takeaways all year. These things simply are not good enough.
I wasn’t all that thrilled with the hiring of Rob Ryan. I openly admit most of it was a preconceived bias due to the actions of his father, Buddy Ryan, when he was the Eagles Head Coach. Old school Cowboys fans will never forget the Bounty Bowl or its sequel. As such I was calling Rob “the spawn of Buddy.” But the guy grew on me. He was genuinely funny, and he backed his players and took blame. I forgot that one of my other reticent feelings on Rob was that his Defenses with the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns were not all that special. In fact, truth be told, his two years in Dallas at 8-8 are the best his teams have ever been.